Voices of Remembrance ring out to mark WWI Armistice

Composer Laura Rossi. Photo: Tas Kyprianou.

Worcester Cathedral is the setting for a charity fundraising concert blending Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, the Worcester Cathedral Choir and the voices of 70 schoolchildren from across the county.

Voices of Remembrance, which is being held on Saturday, November 10 at 7.30pm, is the culmination of a special project that has been central to Worcestershire’s commemoration of the World War One Armistice.

The first half of the concert is made up of the haunting Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams from the film Saving Private Ryan, A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth, a young English composer who died at the Battle of the Somme, and Remember Them by Laura Rossi. In Remember Them, the WSO will accompany a choir of 70 children from the nine primary schools that comprise the Rivers C of E Multi-Academy Trust. 

Ms Rossi’s Voices of Remembrance, an orchestral and choral work featuring readings of World War One poetry, will fill the entire second half and the composer will be attending the event to introduce the performance and talk about her inspiration for writing the piece.

Narrating the poetry will be BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester presenter Tammy Gooding.

The centenary commemoration project also involves the orchestra running a series of World War One themed music and poetry workshops at a number of The Rivers C of E Multi-Academy Trust schools on October 4 and 5, led by Ms Rossi and WSO musical director Keith Slade. The pair will be supported by two experienced educators from the Birmingham Pals Re-enactment Group, dressed in period costume to bring the workshops to life for 300 youngsters. 

During the afternoon of November 10, there will be an open rehearsal in the cathedral which members of the public are free to attend.

Voices of Remembrance is being supported by the Worcestershire branch of SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) who, along with the Royal British Legion and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, will be the beneficiaries, with at least £5 from every ticket sold being donated to the three military charities.

Tickets priced at £20, £15 and £10 are available from Worcester Live on 01905 611427 or via www.worcesterlive.co.uk